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[INFO][Yonhap News Agency] (News Focus) Oncoming summer to bring together K-pop girl bands for decisive face-offBy sacheol-21stC
(News Focus) Oncoming summer to bring together K-pop girl bands for decisive face-off
By Park Boram
SEOUL, June 20 (Yonhap) -- Summer is a high time for K-pop girl bands to dominate the Korean pop scene often claimed by their well-established male counterparts.
This summer, a wave of rising-star girl bands is aiming to claim the highly-competitive summer record market left open by the exit of a number of heavyweight girl groups last year.
The years 2016 and 2017 saw a string of successful, so-called second-generation girl groups disband, including Kara, 4minute, 2NE1 as well as Sistar and Wonder Girls.
Those groups debuted in the late 2000s and were the second generation of K-pop girl groups to garner international fame after their predecessors, the first generation girl bands, like S.E.S and Fin.K.L, pioneered the market in the late 1990s.
Two-year-old hip-hop group BLACKPINK, from YG Entertainment, is among the most prominent female acts looking to dominate the scene this oncoming season.
Returning from a one-year pause since their last single, the quartet dropped last week the EP "Square Up," led by title track "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du," a hip hop song with a trap beat.
This photo of BLACKPINK is provided by YG Entertainment. (Yonhap)
The song produced by YG's in-house producer Teddy Park comes with an addictive refrain, "Hit you with that ddu-du ddu-du," and a finger gun dance that matches the shooting sound. The track features a powerful hip hop dance performance, highlighting the swagger of the rare K-pop female hip hop act.
One of the other tracks, "Forever Young," is a song fit to play against the summer backdrop. "I like 'Forever Young' the most. The more I listen, the more I like the song that brings back the mood of summer and a summer beach as well as a road trip," Thai member Lisa said in a press conference last week.
The latest record release was a rare big step for the girl band, who are nicknamed "YG's jewelry box" for their scarce supply of records and TV appearances.
Another successful girl band, TWICE, announced this week their return to the K-pop scene with summer-season dance music "Dance the Night Away," which is set for release on July 9.
This photo of TWICE is provided by JYP Entertainment. (Yonhap)
The single is the first music release by the leading girl group of JYP Entertainment since its last well-performing EP, "What is Love?," unveiled in early April and a key test of whether TWICE will repeat its dominance of the summer record market last year with EP "Signal."
Also in the pipeline is female sextet Apink who is gearing up for the release of another EP featuring their trademark angelic image, "One & Six," on July 12.
The first record release since the group's last EP "Pink Up" a year earlier is likely to be a major test of whether the seven-year-old girl band can stand the test of time, which hit other big-name bands, like 2NE1 and Sistar, as well as the dormant Girls' Generation.
Group AOA came early to the summer K-pop scene, releasing its fifth EP, "Bingle Bangle," in late May as a six-member act following the departure of member Cho-a, with the title song of the new record, also "Bingle Bangle", registering as a moderate hit.
The sultry girl group season is also likely to bring out a string of other high-profile female names to the scene, including the fore-running Mamamoo and Red Velvet as well as new faces, like GFriend and Fromis 9.
That makes this summer a major barometer gauging the prospects for longevity of most of the current-generation girl groups following the key market shake-up last year, a local critic said.
"Mamamoo and BLACKPINK, I think, have passed the test to some extent although BLACKPINK's chart-ranking songs -- 'Ddu-Du Ddu-Du' and 'Forever Young' -- did not show major progress from its last single 'As If It's Your Last,'" K-pop critic Lim Jin-mo said. "In contrast, Red Velvet's recent performances since 'Red Flavor' and 'Bad Boy' have been insipid."
"This summer season is going to be a sort of arena where the fate of the new-generation girl groups will be put to a test. Those who survive will stay on, but those who don't will not," he said.
Lim cited "tight cohesiveness" among group members and their "musical competence" to appeal to the public as the two decisive factors shaping the K-pop scene for female acts this summer.
CR: Yonhap News Agency
[INFO][GT TOUR] TWICE And More To Perform At KSTAR Korea Music Festival (KMF) 2018 (August 1st and 2nd)By sacheol-21stC
TWICE And More To Perform At KSTAR Korea Music Festival (KMF) 2018 (August 1st and 2nd)
2018 KOREA MUSIC FESTIVAL(コミュペ)チケット代行
■ 日程 ■
■ 出演者 ■
Wanna One, TWICE, iKON, GOT7, N Flying, SF9, Stray Kids,
IMFACT, AOA, MAMAMOO, GUGUDAN, 9MUSES等
SHINee, Seventeen, BTOB, VIXX, MONSTA X, NCT, PENTAGON, EXID,
BLACKPINK, A PINK, CLC, 宇宙少女, MOMOLAND(モモランド) 等
2018 KOREA MUSIC FESTIVAL(コミュペ)チケット代行
Announcement from GT TOUR official website, TWICE will be performing at the KSTAR Korea Music Festival (KMF) 2018. Other performers include Wanna One, iKON, GOT7, N Flying, SF9, Stray Kids, IMFACT, AOA, MAMAMOO, Gugudan, 9MUSES on Day 1 (August 1st) and SHINee, Seventeen, BTOB, VIXX, MONSTA X, NCT, PENTAGON, EXID, BLACKPINK, Apink, CLC, WJSN(Cosmic Girls), MOMOLAND on Day 2 (August 2nd).
Event: KSTAR Korea Music Festival (KMF) 2018
Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 ; Thursday, August 2, 2018
Venue: Gocheok Sky Dome ( 430 Gyeongin-ro, Gocheok-dong, Guro-gu, Seoul, South Korea )
*Wednesday, August 1, 2018: Wanna One, TWICE, iKON, GOT7, N Flying, SF9, Stray Kids, IMFACT, AOA, MAMAMOO, Gugudan, 9MUSES
*Thursday, August 2, 2018: SHINee, Seventeen, BTOB, VIXX, MONSTA X, NCT, PENTAGON, EXID, BLACKPINK, Apink, CLC, WJSN(Cosmic Girls), MOMOLAND
*There is a possibility of change in artists' attendance without notice.
Ticketing and reservation: GT Tour (KSTAR Korea Music Festival 2018) Booking website
More information on KMF 2018 website / Instagram / Facebook and GT Tour Official website
[INFO][soompi] Exclusive: TWICE Performs Special Cover Stages, Gives Cute Fan Service, And More At “TWICELAND ZONE 2: Fantasy Park”By sacheol-21stC
Exclusive: TWICE Performs Special Cover Stages, Gives Cute Fan Service, And More At “TWICELAND ZONE 2: Fantasy Park”
TWICE made a long-awaited return to Singapore for their second tour “TWICELAND ZONE 2: Fantasy Park” this past weekend! This is their first Southeast Asia stop after opening the tour in Seoul last month, and they marked their return to Singapore after a year by having the concert at a venue twice the size of their previous one. During the magical evening, TWICE took Singapore ONCEs on a journey through their fantasy park with dazzling performances of hits like “Like Ooh-Ahh” and “Cheer Up,” as well as beautiful stage sets and outfits during fan-favorite songs like “You in My Heart” and “Turtle.”
The nine-member girl group captured the fans’ hearts in the three-hour concert and we have compiled some of our favorite moments from the concert:
Special cover stages
On top of performing remixes for their hit songs, TWICE also prepared special solo and unit stages with covers of popular songs, like Winner’s “Really Really” and BoA’s “Valenti,” which allowed fans to see a side of TWICE that are not normally shown during their promotions. Check out some of the covers below:
Dahyun – “Dahyunism” (Original: Rain’s “Rainism”)
Jihyo, Tzuyu & Momo – “End of Time” (Original: Beyonce’s “End of Time”)
Nayeon & Jeongyeon – “My Ear’s Candy” (Original: Baek Ji Young ft. Taecyeon’s “My Ear’s Candy”)
Singapore ONCEs also had prepared something special for the girls, when they surprised TWICE with a heartwarming video they had created for the group. The video started off with a mention of the amount of time that TWICE had been away from Singapore and how Singapore ONCEs had been missing them during this time, but were still supporting them from afar. The fans then held up banners saying “We’ll be waiting until TWICE returns” after the video ended.
The members were moved to tears from the video and promised to continuously keep their fans updated by sharing more on their social media accounts.
TWICE also returned the love with many fan services of their own, from aegyo to cover dances and they also did their best to communicate with fans despite the language barrier, Tzuyu even did her thank you speech in Chinese.
TWICE ended the concert with an acoustic version of “What is Love?” and promised their Singapore fans to be back again really soon! Meanwhile, TWICE will be making a summer comeback on July 9, their first Korean comeback since “What is Love?” in April.
Special thanks to Rock Media for inviting us to the event!
Photo Credits: ONE Production
Previously reported on CLEO Singapore
[INFO][soompi] TWICE Shares Thoughts On Their Recent Achievements, Travel Must-Haves, And Recommends Songs For Learning KoreanBy sacheol-21stC
TWICE Shares Thoughts On Their Recent Achievements, Travel Must-Haves, And Recommends Songs For Learning Korean
Following their first sold out concert in Singapore last year, TWICE is back for their “TWICELAND Zone 2: Fantasy Park” tour! We were at the press conference to meet the girls and find out their thoughts on their upcoming gig. Here are some of the highlights:
How does it feel like to return to Singapore and perform at a venue that is twice as large as last year’s?
Nayeon: I’m grateful to be back in Singapore within one year, and am really looking forward to the concert.
Jihyo: I’m thankful to see double the fans that we used to have, and I’m really looking forward to meeting you all.
How will your second concert here be different from your first concert last year?
Chaeyoung: There will be plenty more songs and unit performances that fans can look forward to!
During your concert, which song do you enjoy performing the most?
Tzuyu: I like performing “Only 너,” since it’s a song where many ONCEs sing along with us.
Dahyun: My favorite moment is when the stage opens; I get goosebumps as soon as I hear cheers from fans, and I really look forward to meeting them!
If you could design a fantasy park, what facilities would you like to have in it?
Sana: Personally, I really like roller coasters, and if any ONCEs want to join in on the roller coaster as well, we can enjoy it together!
TWICE recently became the first female foreign artist to have a single album certified double platinum in Japan. How do you feel about this remarkable achievement?
Jihyo: When we first debuted in Korea, our song “TT” became a hit. I think it’s really cool that fans in Japan also really liked that song, which brought us there and I’m thankful to be given the opportunity to be awarded.
Can you share an anecdote of something exciting or funny that occurred behind the scenes while filming your music videos?
Tzuyu: We really like to play this game called “Mafia,” and we always play it while waiting to film our MVs. I really like it!
Jeongyeon: When filming our music video “What Is Love,” we actually had to dress up as males, which was very memorable for me.
Where would you like to visit, or what would you like to try on this trip?
Momo: When I visit Singapore, I usually order Chilli Crab or Black Pepper Crab (famous local dishes). I got the chance to try it yesterday, so I was really happy.
Sana: I really like the Mantou (fried bun) that comes together with the Chilli Crab, and I want to have it again before we leave Singapore.
What is one item that you have to carry with you for your overseas schedules, and why?
Jihyo: My camera! I really like photography, so I bought a new camera last year, and enjoy filling up my photo albums with pictures of other people and myself.
Jeongyeon: My headphones, as I like listening to music. Whenever I’m on the plane, my ears hurt, but with my headphones they don’t hurt as much.
Dahyun: Since we travel a lot, I always ensure that I bring my skincare products, in order to keep my skin healthy after wearing makeup for a long period of time.
Momo: I like to have plenty of snacks to eat during our flight!
Chaeyoung: I like brushing my hair, so I always have a comb with me.
Tzuyu: Bath bombs! I like taking baths in our hotel whenever we travel, so this is an essential.
Mina: My tablet, so I can watch movies.
Nayeon: My eye mask, since I can’t fall asleep unless it’s totally dark.
What is your favourite TWICE song, and why?
Momo: I like “TT.” A lot of people got to know us through that song, and the dance moves are easy enough for people to follow as well.
Dahyun: I like all our songs, but if I had to choose, it would be “Like Ooh-Ahh.” This is our debut song, so it’s special to me.
Which TWICE song would you recommend to help people learn Korean?
Tzuyu: “You In My Heart.” I think that the lyrics are really well-written, and it’s a lovely song. I would like it if people can learn and know what the lyrics mean.
Jihyo: “What Is Love,” as the lyrics have simple words that can be used in everyday life, plus, the song is quite catchy.
Fans can expect special stage set-ups with spectacular visuals at the “TWICELAND Zone 2: Fantasy Park.” Special thanks to ONE Production for inviting us to the press conference!
Previously reported on CLEO Singapore and The Straits Times (Singapore)